Madison West guard Joshua Jackson, Madison La Follette forward David DuBois, Madison Memorial center Kori Vernon and Memorial guard Wesley Matthews combined for 54 points to help the North win the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Division 1 All-Star game, topping the South squad 103-97 at the UW Field House here Saturday afternoon.
But it was Matt Miller, one of the lesser known players in the Division 1 game, who led the balanced North side with 15 points. Miller, a 5-foot-10 guard who was the Big Rivers Conference Player of the Year at Hudson, hit 5 of 8 three-pointers. His fourth and fifth triples were part of a 9-2 run to start the fourth quarter, which gave the North a 79-68 lead, breaking open what had been a back-and-forth contest.
"He's not very big, he's not very strong… but he's the best stroker I've seen in quite some time," said Pulaski coach Bob Coenen, who directed the North team.
Landry, though, was certainly the star of the game. The 6-6 forward from Milwaukee Vincent posted game highs with 29 points and 10 rebounds in just 21 minutes. In the process, he flashed the repertoire of skills that will allow him to go from star post player in high school to small forward in college.
At Vincent, Landry was asked to patrol the paint, and he did so in dominating fashion. Saturday, though, he often took the ball up the court and set up the offense. Twice he snagged a defensive rebound deep in the lane and dashed coast-to-coast for easy buckets; the second time for an emphatic one-handed dunk that drew the South within 99-95 with less than a minute to play.
Landry, who was 14 of 18 from the field, still had his dynamic post game on hand. He used both finesse and power moves to have his way with the North defense inside, earning layups, tip-ins and a few more dunks, including an alley-oop off a pass from Milwaukee Riverside guard Ricky Franklin, who had 17 points and three assists.
Landry's versatility stood out Saturday. He broke down defenders off the dribble; he hit 1 of 2 triples, including a shot to tie the game at 43-43 at halftime; and he spotted up for several mid-range jumpers, including one over Vernon despite near perfect defense.
Landry said he has been working diligently on his shooting and ball handling. He did not have to beg the South All-Star guards to let him move outside.
"I showed them what I can do in the open gyms," Landry said. "They were like, ‘Wow, why haven't you been doing that in the season?' I can't, everybody is littler than me."
Landry has been on the UW campus working out with his future teammates since June 11, with conditioning workouts beginning at 6 a.m., before summer classes.
"It was one day (this week) actually that I lifted weights and my body is still sore," he said. "So I'm surprised I played as well as I did today."
As good as Landry was Saturday, he was disappointed he did not win the game.
"I guess Matthews got another one up on me," Landry said, alluding to Memorial's win over Vincent in the Division 1 state championship game in March. But Landry will have more opportunities to win games back from Matthews, who will play collegiate ball at Marquette.
Another future Badger, walk-on Morris Cain, was second among all scorers with 18 points. A forward at Nicolet, Cain tied for the game high with five steals while on the South All-Star team.
Matthews, Vernon, DuBois and Jackson, meanwhile, played together for the Madison Spartans AAU until ninth grade, then spread out across three high schools. But they were reunited Saturday. Vernon, a future UW-Whitewater student-athlete, had 14 points and was strong in the paint along with DuBois, who led all players with 13 points at halftime. Jackson tallied 14 points on 5 of 7 shooting, including 4 of 4 3-pointers. He will attend Notre Dame Academy in suburban Boston this year, before potentially going to Oklahoma in 2006-07.
"It means a lot because we grew up playing together," Vernon said. "We started the game together and now we are able to finish it. It meant a lot that we were able to come out here, get a win and play with each other one more time."
Janesville Craig graduate Devin Barry played 19 minutes for the South, contributing two points and three assists, which tied for a team high.
"[Playing] against the best players in the state was a lot of fun," Barry said.
Recruiting update: Ricky Franklin, a WBCA first-team all-state selection this year, is meeting with UW head coach Bo Ryan and assistant coach Greg Gard at 11 a.m. Thursday to discuss the possibility of playing for the Badgers. If things do not work out with UW, Franklin will accept a scholarship offer from St. Francis (N.Y.), a Division I program that is part of the Northeast Conference.
"I would like to come here because I want to stay home," Franklin said.
If Franklin enrolls at UW this fall, he would redshirt, but he said, "I wouldn't be coming as a walk-on. I'd be [competing] for a scholarship next year."
The Badgers have one scholarship available for the 2005-06 season and one available for 2006-07, but the latter is expected to go to a class of 2006 prospect, with UW's attention set on Delafield St. John's guard Trevon Hughes. Franklin, though, could potentially play his final three years of eligibility with a scholarship, beginning in the fall of 2007.